(TALLAHASSEE, FLA) — An advisory panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet today to discuss and vote on adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, which the nation’s schools rely on for guidance.
Tuesday on Twitter, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo stated that “regardless of what the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) decides, nothing changes in FL.”
Regardless of what @CDCgov votes tomorrow on whether COVID-19 vax are added to routine child immunizations – nothing changes in FL.
Thanks to @GovRonDeSantis, COVID mandates are NOT allowed in FL, NOT pushed into schools, & I continue to recommend against them for healthy kids.
— Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD (@FLSurgeonGen) October 18, 2022
That the likely CDC decision will not force kids to get COVID-19 vaccines in order to attend school in Florida.
Ultimately, the decision of whether schools require the COVID vaccine cannot be decided at the federal level by the CDC. It’s made at the local level and 12 states mandate that schools follow CDC guidelines establish vaccine requirements for school children.